Chop Shop by Andrew Post

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Publisher: Flame Tree Press | Release Date: June 27, 2019 | Pages: 288

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Chop Shop by Andrew Post is an over the top, violent, gory ride in the most fantastic way! This book is not for the squeamish, but even if you are, still try out this book! Mobsters, violence, gore, black market body harvesting, necrophilia, drug dealers! What more do you need for a bloody, fun adventure?

Chop Shop centers around three individuals. Frank is a disgraced surgeon who now is a back alley doctor to all sorts of criminals. Then we have Amber and Jolene. Friends, roommates, and business partners at the Hawthorne Funeral Home. But they are drowning in debt due to their crazy partying habits. When Frank ends up with a dead gang member on his hands, he ends up connecting with Amber and Jolene and they decide to start a lucrative side business of selling body parts on the black market. The business is doing well and all three are happy with their new business arrangement, until they realize the body parts they sold off a dead gang member were diseased,  and their once friendly buyers turn to them to make up for their lost profits. The trio soon realizes running your own business can cost you an arm and a leg. Literally.

This was a great read. It's really not a horror novel, more crime/dark comedy. The plot is well crafted, and the great characterization creates an interesting atmosphere. All of the main characters are fleshed out quite well, as well as the secondary characters, which makes the story quite strong and well rounded. The secondary characters play enough of a role in the story to make them memorable and useful to keep the plot moving.

This is a crazy world that the author creates, but also  a very realistic one. This stuff actually goes on! And the author plays on that reality to draw you into his world of mafia, gang members, body harvesters, and corruption.

As I mentioned before, this novel can be downright, laugh out loud funny! There are some hilarious moments between the bumbling trio that make up the main characters! The story at times almost becomes a comedy of errors.

But just because it has it's fair share of humor, doesn't mean there's a lack of violence. This book is extremely violent and gory. There are dead bodies, necrophilia, blood squirting everywhere, dismemberment. Again, a warning for the faint of heart. But I think the violence is balanced out by the humor, which lightens some of the darkness of the plot. The story is well paced and the author wraps up everything well at the end.

If you are looking for a deep read, skip this book. If you are looking for some hacked off limbs, blood spilling everywhere, and a cast of depraved yet likable characters, this one's for you. An entertaining read from beginning to end, I will recommend this book to anyone who can handle their gore.